Children are more than welcome! Four places for parents and children alike in and around Novi Sad

How many times did you stumble across an idyllic, quiet, lovely little place, perfect to spend a day with your family, only to find out that there is nothing for your children to do there? And we all know what happens when children are bored, or forced to stay in confined spaces.

The entire outing could end up being your worst nightmare, with children running around, trying to spend their accumulated energy (as children do), other guests being annoyed with the noise and the mayhem, and you, the parent, wishing for the earth to open up and swallow you whole because you are so embarrassed.

Fortunately, catering and hospitality industry in general have realized that children need to be accommodated as much as parents do, and that they deserve a nice day out as well. It is obvious that children’s experiences are hugely shaped by the places where they spend their time, so why not make these places both child- and parent-friendly?

In the first part of our little reportage about such places, we are going to the capital of Vojvodina, Novi Sad and its surrounding area. The second part will be dedicated to the child-friendly places in and around Belgrade.

Here is our pick:

1. ADRENALINE PARK „ZEMLJA ČUDA“ – 94, Ćirila i Metodija Street

Open: Monday – Friday – 09.00 – 13.00 and 16.00 – 21.00 and Saturday – Sunday: 10.00 – 21.00

(reservations required, phone no. +381 (0)69 504 3070)

The first and adrenaline park in Vojvodina called „Zemlja Čuda“ („The Wonderland“)  spans over 1,000 square meters. It offers interesting courses with obstacles and objects that are arranged by length, weight and transition mode. In order to use these courses, children have to be at least three years of age.  For the little adventurers that are up to 140 cm tall, there are six lower obstacles and a zip line, and for those over 140 cm in height, the park has seventeen higher obstacles. Guests of all ages can also climb up an artificial wall. The entire family can enjoy and compete, because this park is not only reserved for children, but also for adults. Assemble the team and spend the day to remember! The daily family ticket costs 1,150 dinars, and 1,500 dinars for larger families, while the third child receives a special discount. Here you can also celebrate your child’s birthday that will be a special adventure which everyone will remember for a long time.

2. DINO PARK –  near SPENS (The Vojvodina Sports Centre), Sutjeska Street

Open: Seven days a week, from 10:00 to 20:00

One of the most exciting children attractions in Novi Sad is the Dino Park, which provides a lot of fun to both the kids and the parents. With the help of an interesting programme, children learn about how dinosaurs lived and how they disappeared from the earth. The Park has 24 life-size, multimedia dinosaur replicas which move and make sounds. If you want to find out more about dinosaurs, you can enlist the help of a Dino guide who will answer all your questions regarding these magnificent animals and their history. A daily ticket for children costs 200 dinars, and for adults 300 dinars, while children under three don’t pay the entrance. In addition, here you will find a 12D cinema with screenings of documentary and animated films, a dino restaurant and souvenir shop, a mini lake, and a dino theatre, performances, workshops and more.

3. BUCIN SALAŠ – Borisa Kidriča bb, Temerin (17km from Novi Sad)

Open: Seven days a week, from 8:00 to 23:00

(phone no. +381 (0)21 840 776 and +381 (0)63 700 50 92)

Bucin Salaš (salaš is a Vojvodinian word for „grange“ or „farm“) was opened in early 2012. It is located near Temerin and it is the perfect example of the authentic ambience of Vojvodina’s farms. It also has a rich gastronomic offer. The restaurant can seat 70, and there is also an ethno corner with 20 seats and a gazebo with another 100 seats. Apart from the catering facilities, the farm has a small football pitch, a basketball court, a large children’s playground (with regular bicycles, trikes, balance bikes, and little tractors), plus a small farm with 20 different animal species that children can visit and even ride a horse while there. Kids and parents can also ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Should you wish to spend the night here, the farm has two single rooms and two suites.

4. VRDNIČKA KULA – Fruška Gora Mountain, near the village of Vrdnik (19km outside Novi Sad)

Open: Seven days a week, 24/7

(phone no. +381 22 21 55 271 and +381 63 495 319)

Isolated from the city’s hustle and bustle and nestled in the deep, unspoiled nature, on the very fringe of the Fruška Gora National Park, lies the ethno-complex called Vrdnička Kula („The Vrdnik Tower”). The clean air, the scent of the linden and pine forests that surround this village and the view of the beautiful nature will give you the feeling of peace and will relax all your senses. This ethno-complex was named after a 12th-century historical building, the Vrdnik Tower, which, according to the historians, was built during the period when the Romans settled in this area. This historic site can be reached on foot, since it is only 20 minutes away from the Premier Aqua Hotel.

Vrdnička Kula is a huge complex that comprises of apartments, a wellness and spa centre (with a salt room, steam bath, Finnish sauna, jacuzzi with thermal water and Vischy showers), an a la carte restaurant, and a fitness centre. They say that Vrdnička Kula is perfect for all, but really ideal for parents with toddlers and small children because it has well secured and equipped indoor and outdoor playground plus child animation services.

 

Photo sources: Adrenalin Park, Luftika.rs, Flickr,

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